East Midlands

Local successes

CITB funding enables Mental Health First Aider course to run in Lincolnshire for the first time

Barbara Mehew of Princebuild Ltd qualified as a MHFA England Adult Mental Health First Aid Trainer in March 2019, through a CITB-funded programme delivered by The Lighthouse Club. Now, the 2-day MHFA Mental Health First Aider course is available in Lincolnshire. 

Barbara has facilitated two courses to date and additional programmes will be scheduled for later in the year. 20 people have qualified as Mental Health First Aiders through these 2 courses.

“The mental health and wellbeing of construction workers is one of the biggest issues our industry is currently facing”, said Head of Economic Analysis at CITB Geeta Nathan. “In 2016/17, the sector lost 400,000 working days due to stress, anxiety or depression – the equivalent of losing 1,600 full-time workers each year. Given the stigma this subject faces, it’s so important that we lead the way in shaping a culture change.”

See details of local industry events, support and networks 

What's happening in your area

There are currently no local employer events for this area. Details of forthcoming events will be published as soon as they become available.

Business services support

LEP support

The D2N2 Growth Hub exists to enable you to 'power up your business' in the UK's most inspirational postcode area. They can guide you through local access to finance and sources of business advice within the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership area.

Telephone: Call 0333 006 9178 with your specific business enquiry in D2N2.

Website: D2N2 Growth hub

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Help to recruit and train staff

Nottingham Jobs Hub offers:

  • Construction short courses available for Nottingham City residents to upskill.
  • Employment grant for taking on City residents that meet eligibility criteria.
  • Free online advertising for vacancies and opportunities. Free promotion of vacancies at jobs fairs and community events. Support in screening of candidates Interview and testing facilities at locations across Nottingham. 
  • Specialist advice on employing an apprentice.  Help in co-ordinating work experience placements
  • Construction Skills Training is available through Section 106, skills and employment requirements.
  • Wider grant for employed D2N2 residents to access accredited training.

Contact your Employer Engagement and Apprenticeship Officer Fiona Robinson

Email: Fiona.robinson@nottinghamcity.gov.uk

Telephone: 0115 876 4508 

Nottingham City Council
Loxley House
Station Street

Training groups

Training groups are local networks of construction employers who 'club together' and use their collective buying power to get discounted training for their workers and meet to share best practice and network. 

There is currently one in this area:

Action for Construction East Midlands (ACE)
Current range of training programmes available to employers include:

  • Fire Marshall
  • Manual Handling
  • IPAF
  • Site Managers Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS)
  • Site Supervisor Safety Training Scheme (SSSTS)
  • Health and Safety awareness

Current career promotion activities/projects:

  • Training to become a construction ambassador to promote the industry at school and college career events

Group Training Officer Howard Platts:

Email: howard@actionforconstruction.org

Contact your local CITB Apprenticeship Officers

There are currently two Apprenticeship Officers in your area:

Area covered Who to contact contact details

North Nottinghamshire
West Nottinghamshire

Nicola Davis nicola.davis@citb.co.uk


Susan Geary Susan.Geary@citb.co.uk

Training projects already funded by CITB

Tackling the Gender Pay Gap – Progression for Women in Construction

More detail about this project available on our funded projects page

Nottingham College On-Site Construction Skills Hub

CITB and DfE have supported a new training hub to the amount of £1M. The hub is situated on a live Wates building site project on the college campus. It aims to: 

  • increase the number of people trained in construction
  • tackle the skills shortage
  • help build the homes and infrastructure England needs.

It is one of 26 projects across England which support the development of construction on-site training hubs.

What's happening in your area

South Lincolnshire Construction Employer Group meeting (SLGTA) Boston, Lincolnshire 25 February 2020 To reserve a place or find out more about this employer group contact Group Training Officer, Steve Taylor: stevetaylor@slgta.co.uk
Network with other local construction employers and hear around opportunities available in your area, including funding and discounted training
Lincoln Construction Employer Group meeting (LGTA) Lincoln 5 March 2020 To reserve a place or find out more about this employer group contact  Group Training Officer, Steve Taylor:  gto@lgta.co.uk
Network with other local construction employers and find out around opportunities available in your area, including funding and discounted training.
CITB Employer Roadshow Lite Sleaford, Lincolnshire
14 May 2020 Places are limited, you can reserve your free place now: https://roadshows.citbevents.co.uk
Agenda to follow, this event will build upon the popular Lincolnshire Lite event held in December 2019.

Business services support

LEP support from Business Lincolnshire Growth Hub

The Growth Hub is a single place to go to for business experts and mentors, support and guidance, grants and finance. Business Lincolnshire have a host of useful information and resources including a toolbox with downloadable guides, free webinars, useful links and videos designed to help you on your business journey. 

Visit the Business Lincolnshire website for details

Greater Lincolnshire’s Growth Hub hosts six skilled and experienced business advisers. When you book an appointment with a Growth Hub Adviser you will be assigned a named adviser. 

Make initial contact through:  0300 456 3565 or the website link above. 

Help to recruit and train staff

Skills Support for the Workforce (SSW)

SSW upskills your employees with the training they need to facilitate business growth, enhance productivity and support sustainability.  It can support sector specific training and accredited qualifications such as Level 2 construction NVQs. 

Growth Lincolnshire Grant Funding

Growth Lincolnshire Grant Funding includes Capital and Revenue Grants between £1,000 and £10,000 that can be used to support projects that will deliver job growth. Grant funding of 40 to 50% of the total project costs can be provided, with the balance to be provided by the business.

Training groups

CITB supported Construction Training Groups are made up primarily of construction industry employers. Members benefit from discounted training, networking and events aligned to local industry themes, and can also participate in projects that promote construction as an attractive career.

Lincolnshire is serviced by three Construction Training Groups:

Contact your local CITB Adviser

Carole Jones

Carole Jones

Contact Carole to discuss CITB products and services including grants and funding.

Contact your local CITB Apprenticeship Officers

Greater Lincolnshire is serviced by 3 Apprenticeship Officers

Area covered
Who to contact
Contact details
Lincoln area Nicky Dady nicky.dady@citb.co.uk
South Lincolnshire area Lee Driver lee.driver@citb.co.uk
North and North East Lincolnshire Dave Briggs dave.briggs@citb.co.uk

Training projects already funded by CITB

Pathways into Construction

Abbey Access Training successfully secured CITB Pathways into Construction funding to help engage and progress 300 individuals into Construction over the next 3 years.
The project has been designed to help employers overcome skills shortages, recruitment issues and staff turnover, providing ready qualified and experienced staff.
The 3 stages of the project will provide qualifications, training, skills and a 4-week placement for individuals seeking to work in construction. It will provide employers with the chance to work with individuals and see how they fit with the organisation.

Employers interested in finding out more about the project and / or wishing to offer a work placement opportunity should contact Gail Dunn at gail.dunn@abbeyaccesstraining.co.uk

What's happening in your area

Event Where When Contact
Employer surgeries to be confirmed
  • January 2020
  • March 2020
Farhan Sattar farhan.sattar@citb.co.uk
Approved Training Organisations (ATOs) support workshops to be confirmed
  • January 2020
  • March 2020
 Farhan Sattar farhan.sattar@citb.co.uk

Business support services

Business Gateway Growth Hub

The Business Gateway is part of the national Growth Hub network. We provide tailored, commercially focused and joined-up advice that’s free, impartial and delivered with one goal in mind: increasing your bottom line.

You can access expert support, diagnostic services, signposting and free workshops to help your business growth. To speak with an adviser call or email the hub:


Leicester Employment Hub

The Leicester Employment Hub offers:

  • FREE recruitment support: You may be eligible for our £2,500 grant towards employing a qualifying individual on a 12-month apprenticeship or 6-month paid work experience contract.
  • Candidate sourcing support: IMPARTIAL help and support to source local candidates for
    • work experience
    • work trial
    • paid work experience
    • apprenticeships
    • local jobs
    • graduate interns.

For further details, visit Leicester Employment Hub online
Contact details 

  • Tel: 0116 454 5771
  • E-mail: employmenthub@leicester.gov.uk

Training groups

There is currently one training group covering the Leicestershire area:

Leicestershire Construction Training Group.
Website - http://www.lctg.org.uk/

Your local CITB Apprenticeship Officer

The contact for CITB Apprenticeship Officer is to be confirmed.

What's happening in your area

in Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire and Milton Keynes

Event Where When Contact
Employer Surgeries
To be confirmed January 2020 Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes
Jo Lettis joanne.lettis@citb.co.uk

Farhan Sattar farhan.sattar@citb.co.uk

Business services support

SEMLEP Growth Hub

SEMLEP Growth Hub is part of the national Growth Hub network which provides free and impartial information, advice and guidance to businesses to help realise their ambitions.

To contact SEMLEP’s Growth Hub:

Midlands Engine Investment fund

The Midlands Engine Investment Fund offers SMEs the opportunity to apply for a variety of funds to help support their growth.

For more information visit the MEIF website

Help to recruit and train staff

SEMLEP Growth hub also provides a series of free workshops across a number of areas including to help support businesses with recruitment and training of staff.

See also SEMLEP growth hub events

Training groups

There are two training groups in this area. Both cover a range of employers across the construction sector and offer a number of services including discounted training courses to their members.

Contact your local CITB Apprenticeship Officers

Two CITB Apprenticeship Officers cover this area:

Area covered
Who to contact
Contact details
Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire April Cadore
Milton Keynes Anneli Somlo


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